Pioneer BDP-LX54 3D Blu-ray player (preview)

This 3D Blu-ray player can be controlled by an iPhone, and has a scratchproof design

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Pros

  • Looks awesome, full suite of 3D playback gizmos, it's armoured!

Cons

  • It's $100 more expensive than the BDP-430 - for what?

Bottom Line

The Pioneer BDP-LX54 is part of Pioneer's luxury range, and it looks the part. It's pricier than the BDP-430, but if styling and flashy lights are your thing the BDP-LX54 is a definite pleaser.

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The newly-announced Pioneer BDP-LX54 joins the Pioneer BDP-430 in Panasonic's 3D Blu-ray line-up. The company doesn't have any other 3D products — after 2009's ups and downs, it doesn't even have any plasma TVs. The BDP-LX54 is the top model, and it's almost identical to the cheaper BDP-430. So what's the extra $100 for?

To be honest, a lot of the price is probably made up with Pioneer's LX tax. The luxury line of products are styled similarly with high quality materials, so you can match your home theatre components to each other. Pioneer says the BDP-LX54 has an 'armoured chassis', so you might even be able to take it through a war zone. The rest of your Nellie Melba goes to pay for gold-plated terminals and a funky blue backlight.

Like the BDP-430, the Pioneer BDP-LX54 can be controlled via an iPhone through Pioneer's iControlAV app. This is a cool feature that iPhone junkies will love, and competitors like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG are sorely lacking.

We'll get our hands on the BDP-LX54 soon and give it a full run-through.

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